IN AN INTERNATIONAL CITY LIKE BERLIN, which has so much great theatre, the driving question which led to the formation of BERT was, “Why is there no professional English language theatre with a resident acting company in Berlin?”.
BERT arises to create the opportunity to see and experience classical repertory theatre in English, here in Berlin. While there are many great performances of traditional plays in German there wasn't a home for these masterworks to be staged in English by a professional troupe of actors. BERT was created to fill that void.
It is the vision of BERT to provide Berlin with high quality, professional theatre that focuses on the classics: Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, Ibsen and Chekhov, while also showing new and contemporary works.
Producing Artistic Director
BRUCE WOOLLEY - Ebenezer Scrooge
A graduate of John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne and a longtime student of Dr Graham Clarke (DMus), Bruce was last on stage in an acclaimed performance as Doctor Astrov in Laurence Strangio’s production of Uncle Vanya in Melbourne. With the Australian Shakespeare Company he played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and in 2005 he received a Fringe Festival commendation for his role of Donkey in Michael Camilleri’s Bremen, a dark humoured variation on Die Bremerstadtmusikanten. In 2004, again with Camilleri, Bruce starred in The Now Hour as George W. Bush dancing the tango with Osama bin Laden. Others highlights include his television debut as a terrorist on the Australian police drama Stingers, several productions under the direction of Daniel Schlusser-Hoist Group’s The Government Inspector and It’s a Family Affair. A currently dormant member of the Berlin choir Cantus Domus, Bruce has sung Ravel in the Philharmonie and Mozart in the Tempodrom. With Bernard Caleo, Bruce also performs their much-lauded two-man super-hero show The MM Project where ever they can. Bruce enjoyed his debut in German TV this year playing a bewildered Australian tourist for Lars Kraume's König Von Berlin. In 2018 he will return to Melbourne to perform a season of Work Show, a new work developed a the beginning of this year about the world of a sewing factory, the women who work in it and the incessant commercial radio that keeps them company, a challenging performance that juggles the characters of the radio DJ and Michelle, a middle-aged Italian woman who listens to him. A Christmas Carol marks Bruce's debut on the Berlin theatre stage. He currently lives with his wife and son in Neukölln.
MARY KELLY - Mrs. Cratchit, various other roles
Mary is an actor and a playwright. She graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, in 2002.
Five of her plays have been produced, two of which are published: Unravelling the Ribbon (with Maureen White - Nick Hern Books, London) & Two for a Girl (with Noni Stapleton - The Stinging Fly Press, Dublin). Unravelling The Ribbon toured Ireland in 2008, and had its U.S. premiere in 2010 with Tennessee Women’s Theater Project. It has recently been translated into French.
Since moving to Berlin Mary was commissioned and has written "The Scarlet Web" for Big-Telly Theatre Company (Northern Ireland with Irish and Scottish Tour).
Mary’s theatre work includes: Christine Linde in A Doll’s House (Alan Stanford, Second Age Th. Co. Ireland, 2010); Lydia, in All My Sons (Robin Lefevre, The Gate Theatre, 2009); The Little Mermaid World Tour (Big-Telly Th. Co. 2008)
BEN MADDOX - Bob Cratchit, various other roles
Ben Maddox has been a professional actor working, on stage, screen and behind the microphone for the last fifteen years. After graduating from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he toured the country in many educational plays for schools.
After relocating to mainland Europe he has worked extensively in Theatre playing, among others, Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, a raft of scientists including Maurice Wilkins, Robert Hooke and Albert Einstein. This will be his first show for BERT but his second time as Bob Cratchitt.
CHARMAINE GORMAN - Belle, Fred's wife, various other roles
Charmaine is from Australia and has worked as an actor in theatre, film and television there for over 20 years. Coming from a show business family, she was lucky enough to perform in her first national Australian tour of the Musical ‘7 little Australians’ at the age of 11. Since then she appeared as a teenager in many Australian television shows such as two seasons of the children’s series ‘Kelly’, and had guest spots in soaps like ‘Flying Doctors’, ‘Neighbours’. At 16 she was able to tour with the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of ‘High Society’ for which received a Green Room Award nomination for her role as ‘Caroline’.
After juggling work and school, she began to perform with various theatre company touring shows such as ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, ‘Eurobeat – The Eurovision Musical’, ‘Under Milk Wood’, ‘Possum Magic’ and the educational stream of the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, ‘Actors At Work’. Charmaine moved to Germany almost 9 years ago with her husband who was working with the Cologne Opera. After landing in Germany, Charmaine found work with Whitehorse Theatre Company, touring German high schools with English theatre performances, and for Platypus Theatre in Berlin performing for children. Charmaine is very excited to be part of BERT’s first production of ‘A Christmas Carol’!
ROBIN KIRWAN - Fred, various other roles
Robin Kirwan is an actor from London and has been living in Berlin since March 2016. He has appeared in over fifty independent films which include the lead role in ‘Eggsistence’, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
He trained in London with the Impulse Company and Actors Temple, and was also part of a select group of actors who trained with The Meisner Center, at the Caribbean home of legendary US acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Robin’s stage performances include ‘The Alchemist’, ‘Electra’, ‘The Father’, ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ and ‘Old Times’. His theatre work has enabled him to perform at many respected London venues, such as the Courtyard Theatre, the Gatehouse, Theatre503, the Tristan Bates Theatre and the Young Vic.
On television, Robin played Israeli commando Amiram Levine in ‘Munich: Mossad’s Revenge’ on Channel 4, and Jean Charles de Menezes, victim of an unlawful police shooting, in a reconstruction on Channel 5. He has also worked on a number of recent TV pilots.
AMY JANE - Ghost of Christmas Past, various other roles
Amy is a New Zealand-born, Berlin-based actor and improviser. She is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington’s Theatre and Film degree (B.A.), and has studied improvised theatre with Inbal Lori and Lee White (CRUMBS).
She featured on the kiwi TV show So You Think You’re Funny, and has appeared on stage in various productions, including Tartuffe, Special, and The Blind Giant Is Dancing.
Since settling in Berlin in 2014, she has become an active member of the city’s thriving improv scene, performing regularly in shows at Comedy Café Berlin, BühnenRausch and English Theatre Berlin.
Amy is thrilled to join the cast of A Christmas Carol, and looks forward to being a part of bringing classical English-language theatre to the Berlin stage.
ERMAN JONES - Jacob Marley, Ghost of Christmas Present, various other roles
Erman is a director, actor and playwright. In 2011 he graduated with an MFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan USA. In 2010 he attended the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT).
He is a winner of the Louise Heck-Rabi playwriting competition in Detroit where his play, "All Kinds of Men" was produced.
Erman has directed Tim Kelly's M*A*S*H, Larry Shue's The Foreigner, and in 2016 he directed Mary Kelly in Two for a Girl at the English Theatre Berlin. In 2014 he wrote, directed and produced the short film Second Star.
As an actor Erman has played a variety of roles including Lenny in Of Mice and Men, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Cleante in Tartuffe.